dictate what will sound best, so experiment with both alignments, and use the one that gives the best high-frequency sound and the best imaging.
When I first fired these speakers up, I was immediately surprised by how inefficient they were… which I knew instantly because I was having to turn my preamplifier’s volume control far further clockwise than I usually do with my own speakers, which have an efficiency of 87dBSPL/w/m, to reach my preferred listening levels. ( Editor’s Note: When asked about this, Crawford said he’d traded off efficiency to gain increased frequency response smoothness and greater low- and high-frequency extension and that this is why he recommends a minimum amplifier power of 50-watts per channel [and up to 200-watts] for use with this design. G.B.) they weave are magical and, when you turn the volume up, the realism palpable.
How much power do you need to get the speakers playing at this volume? My power amp is rated at 110-watts per channel and I thought it drove the Kurre 8s perfectly but, obviously, more power would not go astray, and you could easily get away with a little less, depending on the size of your room and the levels you normally listen.
These are superb-sounding, incredibly accurate speakers with super-clean, truly depthy bass, complemented by a beautifully extended treble. And (despite a slightly ‘Scottish’ heritage) they’re made right here in Australia! Little beauties, I reckon. Ed Miles